My “To Be Read” List

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you doing?  I’m doing well; reading, writing, and doing the dreaded adulting. I’m busy working on the final editing for my super-secret project, so I’m keeping this post short and sweet!  I’ve listed several individual books that are next on my list, and the series which I’ll be slogging my way through.  Thought it might be fun to share, and invite everyone to read and review these books with me!  Join the conversation on all things in the Sci-F Nerdom!

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Cyber Monday Sales

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you guys enjoying your Cyber Monday?  I’m fine, spending time with my family and writing.  I wanted to share some awesome deals with you, in honor of the Day of Epic Interwebs Sales! Hopefully, you manage to find your special deals, without ending up in some Dickens Novel poor house! Continue reading

Book Review: A Fistful of Credits

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Hey Space Cadets, how’re you doing?  I’m good, working on finalizing the edits on a short story and starting writing my super secret book. Meanwhile, I’m still reading and wanted to share what I’ve enjoyed lately. Here is the next installment in my series of book reviews.  I’ve just finished editing the final book of  the Sleeping Legion Series, which is with Boss Man for final approval, and am working on editing a short story that was accepted into The Expanding Universe 3 Anthology.  Finally, I have two recent publications to recommend to you. If you haven’t read it, Operation Breakout and a Four Horsemen Anthology, For a Few Credits More are available on Amazon.

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ANTHOLOGIES GALORE

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Hey Space Cadets, how’re yall doing today?  I’m doing good, just took my son to the Children’s Museum of Portsmouth! He loved being able to touch science, and we followed that up with a nice brewery and a stroll along the waterfront. So besides having fun, I wanted to bring you some good news to share!  Two of my short stories were accepted into anthologies!  Wanna know more?  Let’s break it down!  Continue reading

Book Review: Dynamo (Mech Wars Book 2)

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Hey Space Cadets, here is the next installment in my series of book reviews. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m a member of the TRMN. It’s a fan club for the Honor Harrington Universe by David Weber, and they do contests for their members all the time. There is a reading contest going on recently, and we get points for page reads. I’m thrilled that it prompted me to read more, as I’ve let writing get in the way of reading!  In addition to reading more this month, I’m working on the editorial revisions for book four of The Sleeping Legion Series.  Finally, if you haven’t read it, Operation Breakout is live! Continue reading

Daily Exercise Podcast Time

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JR ExercisingHey Space Cadets, how’re y’all doing this fine day?  I’m doing great, and cranking away on the revisions to book four! I’ve also been exercising every day to clear my mind, and hopefully maybe fit back into my uniform before the decade ends! Okay, maybe that last part was a pipe dream, but I’m okay with it!  Anyway, while I walk, I like to listen to podcasts and audiobooks.  I’ll give you a list of some of the podcasts I listen to, and some good audio books in another post!  Most of my podcasts are writing related, or historical in nature, so I can inundate myself with ideas to stir the stories.  Hopefully, these podcasts are helpful!

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RavenCon AAR

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RavenCon

Hey Space Cadets, I hope you’re doing well!  I just returned from RavenCon, where I spent the weekend.  I thought it would be helpful to give an AAR (After Action Review) of the convention, since I did the same thing last year.  After the convention ended, I spent a night in the hotel with my lovely bride and we enjoyed some time without the kids because we both have the world’s best parents!  A leisurely breakfast, a road trip home and then I got to tackle life at home.  Somehow, whenever the wife packs for anything my house looks like someone dropped a bomb on it.  Now that the adventure is done, it’s time to jump deep into the writing trenches and write book four of the Sleeping Legion Series.  If you missed it, Operation Breakout was published last week, go check it out!

 

Hotel: Overall, the hotel facilities for the convention were clean and well maintained.  Our rooms were clean, spacious and the bed was comfortable.  Had to talk my wife out of kidnapping the mattress.  Unfortunately, the staff left something to be desired.  I missed two panels sorting out my room, not because they lost my reservation but they just didn’t clean the room before our arrival.  We got there at 1PM and finally checked in by 4PM.  I missed the first panel, got my wife into the room and resting before I then went to the classes I’d planned on attending.  Then I snuck out of the opening ceremonies and carried in our luggage before my wife and I went down to order dinner from their restaurant.  The food was good, though we waited an hour for it to arrive.  Another panel missed.  Overall, at the rates I paid I would expect more.  Since I didn’t reserve my room in time, I paid full price for my suite and expected better.  I guess I thought the name Hilton meant the hotel staff would be nicer.  Oh well, I only have to go to this hotel once a year for RavenCon.

 

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Con Organization: These guys were like a well-oiled machine and I was thoroughly impressed.  They could teach some militaries a thing or two about logistics!  I was impressed, the attendees seemed to be impressed and the overall experience was enjoyable.  They arranged several classes with the famous Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon, arranged for other interesting guests and panelists, and put out one heck of a spread in the Con Suite.  If conditions permit, I would attend RavenCon again. Seriously, it was a top-notch performance.

 

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Panels:  I have to be honest, when I attended RavenCon in 2016 the whole shebang was so helpful to me as a yet unpublished author.  I believe that it has helped me reach the level of success I’ve had so far, and taught me a lot.  I went this year expecting the same, but I’m not the same writer I was a year ago.  The panels were still great; however, they didn’t do it for me.  I was past the point with writing where they could offer me what I needed.  The convention offers you a wide range of options; editing, marketing, social media, world building and so much more.  All seemed focused on the writing, or the fandoms.  I also saw the difference an awesome moderators can make on a panel.  Some of the more successful panel moderators I saw were; Chris Kennedy, Mark Wandrey, Nancy Northcott, and Charity Ayers.  I was able to contrast this against some of the less adept panel moderators, who made efforts but couldn’t corral the shenanigans of the outgoing panelists.

 

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Cos Play: My goodness, the amount of awesome costumes this year was unbelievable.  I won’t gush too much, but just check out some of these pictures!  I couldn’t capture all of them, because I only took pictures if the person consented.

 

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Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!

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JR

 

–> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are used on the Fair Use Doctrine.

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